Storytelling

North American tribal legend of Long Arrow and Elk Dog

Storytelling is integral to the history of human beings in a bewildering variety of oral and visual formats. We tell stories about who we are, where we are going, what we hope for and what we fear. By telling and retelling stories we make sense of our lives, the things we do, how we relate to other people and what our place is in the world. The jobs, practices and professions we take up tell their own stories, using their own languages and understanding themselves and communicating to others through the stories they hone and refine. Stories and storytelling are also a fundamental tool in recording personal, familial, communal, national and international histories and the shaping of individual and collective identities.


The Interdisciplinary Storytelling Initiative

We are presently establishing The Interdisciplinary Storytelling Initiative (TISI). The aims of the initiative is to

~ explore Storytelling as an interdisciplinary medium and tool capable of building bridges and forming pathways between disciplines, professions and practices
~ create a repository of materials, information, knowledge and experience
~ generate a focus for the sharing of good practice
~ begin a series for exemplary publishing showcasing interdisciplinary storytelling

If you would like to be a part of the initiative, please drop us a line letting us know about your areas of research, profession or practice and a short list of your storytelling interests.


Streams

Storytelling and the Body
We live in an era where stories about bodies – missing bodies, glamorous bodies, engineered bodies, trafficked bodies, dismembered bodies, persecuted bodies – are omnipresent. While bodies are literally made of flesh and blood, our understanding of bodies is constructed through fictional and non-fictional stories that shape perceptions of what constitutes the body, how a body should look, how a body should behave, how a body should experience the world and how bodies should interact with each other.


 

Storytelling and Trauma
Storytelling is inextricably linked to the history of human beings in a wide variety of oral and visual formats. Storytelling has been a fundamental tool to recording personal, familial, communal and national stories. But it can also be linked to a process of working through trauma, of breaking silence as witnessed in the growth of a “communal digital storytelling” embodied in the rise of shared storytellings of trauma such as #MeToo and #TimesUp

 


Development Team

The Storytelling project is initially being developed by a small global team. As the project begins to evolve and in light of the events and activities we run, further members will be added to the development team. If you would like to join and help develop the future of the project, please drop us a line.

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